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Franey Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 1,118 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Forest Lake Views Wildlife Muddy
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One of the more popular trails on the East Side of the Cabot Trail, Franey offers a great view point down a valley and over Ignomish and Middle Head. One can hike up and back the trail or make a loop by taking a Forest Road back down. The trail is well maintained but is steep in some locations, but steps are usually provided. The Forest Road takes you by a lake and offers potential for wildlife viewing.

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Lindsay MacAskill
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Great trail. Love Franey in all 4 seasons. Fall is definitely my fav. Is decent as a loop (but service road is a bit of a bore). I recommend doing it as an out and back on the stairs side make sure to take in the view points at the top!

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Dave MacKinnon
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Beautiful fall day. Leaves are starting to do their magic. Great views.

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Audrey Roy
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Cam Cham
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Steep and worth it

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Anthony S
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One of my favourite trails I’ve ever done. First part is decently intense and I needed a couple 30 second breathers but it’s so worth it at the top. The way back was super simple and relaxing. I’d definitely recommend bringing a lunch and chilling at the top for a good bit of time because there’s a lot of space and the view is unreal.

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Victoria Jones
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great trail, quote steep, needed more water. the views made it all worth it!

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Francine Losier
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June Hall
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Ruth Alexander
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Sam Fraser
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Jessica Wyss
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Beautiful view at top, one way is much steeper than the other. Choose which direction you'd like to go wisely.

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Michelle Joyce
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The front end of the trail is steep up, with some staircases. Beautiful hike through the first, with some streams. Poles could be an asset, as well as ankle support. The views at the top are wonderful. There is a little path off a walkway, almost to the top. It has a nice rock to sit on for a more private break. The way down is much less steep, and a wide path. A much less interesting part of the hike. If you’re up for it, consider coming back down the same way.

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Stephanie Wood
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ZuZu Monisori
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Spots that were moderately challenging but nothing too difficult. It was a fun filled three hours.

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Peter M
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Great incline on the way up, unbelievable views from the top. The loop back to parking lot is a service road. Highly recommend

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Paul boyd
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A challenging hike with a spectacular veiw. Truly a perfect Cape Breton afternoon.

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Alyssa McCulloch
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Beautiful view! Challenging but not too challenging.

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Renée Le Lièvre
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Nice upstairs hike while wearing a full pack. Views are stunning. Take the stairs back down if you are looking for an added workout as the trail out is quite opposite from that coming in.

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Kirsten MacMillan
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Great trail with a gorgeous view at the look off. Make sure you go around to see the view of the highlands as well as the ocean. The trail is very well maintained and easy for the first 2km, getting more steep towards the top. I did an out and back trip instead of a loop as the view is nice and this is a bit faster.

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Joanne Mckeough
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Franey is a must-do trail every summer and is even better in the Fall. Steep in several sections, but none lasts long and most are followed by a gentle grade. Spectacular view at the top, both at the red chair and at the end of the short path looking down the Clyburn Valley. If you don’t have time to make it to the top there is a beautiful look-off about 30 minutes up the trail.

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Adam Cleave
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great view from the top and challenging climb

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Rebecca Hussman
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Fantastic hike with a good amount of challenge. The way up was incredibly steep and tough — wish we had more water as it was 30 degrees! And not much shade at the top. But the view was gorgeous. Favourite part was the dip in the refreshing lake on the way down! Highly recommend. Note there are lots of loose rocks to be mindful of.

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Mélanie Gauthier
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Nice scenery! Very nice loop trail. Totally worth the climb !!

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Cassidy Hatt
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Beautiful view!

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Christine Campbell
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Wonderful trail that certainly provides a bit of a challenge. Be prepared for lots of climbing and bring some water!

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Shaun Reid
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absolutely beautiful. breathtaking views. It's a challenging climb up, but so worth it at the top!

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Kiernan Lynch
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michelle leblanc
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Nice moderate hike going up early in a narrow path. You will find a red chair on top and a rocky area for a rest. The hike down is a wider service type road with a lot of loose rocks and gravel. Good to have hiking boots for that last part. Overall, a nice enjoyable loop.

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Katie Sheriff
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This was a great hike ! My friends and I did this in 30 degrees, It was still good but a little too hot ! Trail was well maintained. Highly recommend

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Kirk MacAulay
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Have done this trail multiple times. Usually take the trail to the top but end up taking the service road down. Incredible views of Ingonish beach, Maidenhead and Smokey Mountain.

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